Mara G. Haseltine is an international artist, a pioneer in the field of SciArt, and an environmental activist and educator. Haseltine frequently collaborates with scientists and engineers to create work that addresses the link to between our cultural and biological evolution. Her work takes place in the studio lab and field infusing scientific inquiry with poetry. As a young artist she worked for the French American artist Nicki de saint Phalle laying mosaics at her monumental Tarot Garden in Tuscany, Italy as well as with the Smithsonian Museum in conjunction with National Museum of Trinidad and Tobago in Port of Spain Trinidad. In the early 2000’s she began her first art and science collaboration with scientists decoding the human genome. She was a pioneer in the translation of scientific data and bioinformatics into three-dimensional sculptures and became known for her outsized renditions of microscopic and sub- microscopic life.
Haseltine is a founder of the “green salon’ which was based out of Washington DC in the mid 2000’s, a working group devoted to environmental solutions connecting policy makers and businesses. Though many of her environmental works are awareness pieces often focusing on humanity’s relationship to the microscopic world some of her works act as functional solutions to environmental degradation. She has studied sustainable reef restoration methods extensively for the past 15 years and has been a contributing member to the Global Coral Reef Alliance since 2006, as their NYC representative and has been involved in their initiative for sustainable solutions with SIDS or the Small Island States at the United Nations.
In 2007, Haseltine created NYC’s first solar-powered oyster reef in Queens NYC. She was awarded the Explorer’s Club Flag75 Return with Honors in 2012 for their three-year voyage around the world studying the ocean’s relationship to atmospheric climate change with Tara Expeditions. Haseltine’s work is refreshing in the world of environmental and biomedical art because of its surreal often-playful and witty nature as well as her intense devotion to ascetics, and sensuality. Currently she is devoting her practice to “Geotherapy” a concept in which humans become steward’s for our ailing biosphere. Haseltine received her undergraduate degree in Studio Art and Art History from Oberlin College and her master’s degree from the San Francisco Art Institute with a double degree in New Genres and Sculpture. She has exhibited and worked throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and at the National Museum of Trinidad and Tobago in the Port of Spain, Trinidad. She has taught at throughout the United States including The New School in NYC, Rhode Island School of Design gives lectures and workshops she is an active member of many organizations including the Sculptors Guild of NYC as well as the Explorer’s Club. Her work has been published in The Times, Le Metro, The Guardian, and Architectural Record etc.